Patience Clements


About New Piano Music for the Dedicated Dancer with Susan Jaffe

I met Susan Jaffe through another wonderful teacher, Mark Bush. I thought she was so warm and sweet. And such a technique! I played for her almost everyday!...... I was so sad when the summer intensive was over. That was in 2004. So why not ask her to do a new CD with me? So I e-mailed Mark and asked him (now he’s mad at me because we’re supposed to do a CD, too) to put me in touch with Susan. And I asked her about the project. No response. So I figured, nice try. End of story. But I still thought it was a good idea so I e-mailed her again, two years later and brought it up one more time. And she said, “Yes, I meant to e-mail you back and say I’d love to do it!” I know they say "If you don’t ask, the answer is always no”, and really this CD is that thought put into action. I went to New York and New Jersey, playing at ABT and at The Princeton Dance and Theatre Studio (Susan’s school, very nice!). And I recorded all the pieces and tempos. Then I came back to Folly Beach. And sat around for a while. Cramped in a 600 square foot cottage with a dog and a boyfriend. Very hard to concentrate. So I ordered a canvas tent and set it up in the backyard to compose this CD. Listening to the quiet of every morning, playing back the tapes of those classes in NY. And the pieces just flowed! Thank you, Susan, so much, for working with me on this one.